Christal Morrison Named Pac-10 Volleyball Player Of The Week

Oct. 18, 2004

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington outside hitter Christal Morrison has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 11-17, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Morrison, a freshman from Puyallup, Wash., led the Huskies to wins at Arizona State and No. 22 Arizona. With an injury sidelining senior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic, the seventh-most prolific offensive player in Washington history with 1,176 career kills, Morrison captained the Washington offense, collecting 38 kills on 86 attempts over the weekend. She also contributed 27 digs.

Against the Sun Devils, Morrison tallied 18 kills and 15 digs for her third double-double of the season. The 15 digs fell one shy of her career-best. Morrison followed that up against the Wildcats with another double-double (her fourth) on a career-best-tying 20 kills and 12 digs. She also tied her career best for aces with two.

The top-ranked Huskies host No. 13 California and No. 11 Stanford this weekend. Saturday's game vs. the Cardinal will be a rematch of last season's Sweet 16 match in which UW won 3-1 to advance to the Elite Eight. Washington is in first place of the Pacific-10 Conference but Sanford is just one game back with a 6-1 mark and California is tied with USC for third place with a 5-2 record. The Huskies look to continue their 15-match winning streak and are one of just three undefeated teams left in the country (Hawaii, Ohio State).

This is the first weekly honor for Morrison, and Washington's 14th Player of the Week all-time.

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